Thursday, September 6, 2012

More Slipper Fun-This Time With Raw Wool Accents

Putting raw locks onto the resist...

 
...then covering them with orange wool...

...and a layer of red burlap on each sole.



A white wool dot keeps me from cutting into the wrong side when removing the resist.
 
The mostly felted mule, turned right-side out.

 
My daughter, L, in her new slippers...

 
...which are slightly wild-looking...

 
...but fit perfectly. :)

 
Thanks for the great idea, Nicola!

 

My friend Nicola made the pair that inspired these while we were in Portugal...

...using white Icelandic fleece and brown wool roving.


After making a foam resist by tracing around my daughter, L's feet...

...and adding approximately 1/2 inch extra all around the heel area...

...and 1 inch extra all around the front of the foot where the mule 'upper' would be...

...I set to work.

Using a wool batt with multicolored cotton dots...

...and sandwiching in a layer of red burlap on the bottom of each mule...

...I hoped to avoid the slipperiness of my earlier attempts.

I postulated that a lightly-covered piece of rough burlap...

...might provide a safer sole...

...but, alas, I covered it with too much wool...

...and negated its potential effectiveness.

(When I try it again, I'll let you know how and whether it works...

...unless one of you wants to try it in the meantime and let me know?!?) :)

Because the locks hadn't been cleaned prior to use...

...they stayed 'boingy' and separate throughout the felting process...

...and my daughter thinks that her new slippers are quite fun to wear!!

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10 comments:

Rachel said...

They do look like fun - well done!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thanks! :)

Lydia Karlheim said...

It's very true - they are the bomb diggity!

Heather Woollove said...

Lydia--Hahahaha...I love you!! XXO-Mama

WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh, she has Halfling feet! Those will be perfect for The Hobbit premier! Yes, I think I should make some for the movie. They are awesome!

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--You make me SMILE!! XXO-

Terrie said...

Love raw fleece on the pair. Pretty with your icon orange. How much about the wool for this size of slipper. Good to try in the coming winter.

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--Thank-you! I was 'channelling my inner Nicola, here'!! Hahaha. Try approximately 40 grams of wool roving per slipper, plus the raw locks. XO-

Vivian said...

Orange wool and red burlap, that sure got my attention! This is such a funky combination in colors and texture, looks like some fun slippers!

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian--Thank-you! I had fun making them. :)